Are you one of those people that constantly worry about the things you need to get done or the problems in your life? Be assured, you are not alone. Many studies have come to the conclusion that 8% of the things that we worry about occur and only 4% of that is actually in our control. Look at the following statistics:
- -40% of our worries never happen
- -30% of our worries already happened.
- -12% of are worries are needless worries, such as what someone else thinks about us.
- -10% of our worries are unimportant or petty such as what’s for dinner, being late, what to wear.
- -8% of our worries actually happen (4% of this is things beyond our control and we cannot change the outcome, 4% of this is what we can control, decisions we make or don’t make)
What is it that causes us to worry? Is our worry the source of anxiety, fear of the unknown, thinking the worst in a situation or even making decisions such as what we are going to have for dinner? There are many different things that cause us to worry but we don’t have to let our worry rule our life. Worry is a habitually behavior and we do have the ability to overcome it. Since most of the worry is out of our control we can give it to the one who is in control.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
One of the best ways we can reduce the amount of worry is to give it to God. He says for us to pray instead of worry. Believe it or not, He actually cares about the little things that we worry about, but instead of letting it cause us anxiety or rule our life, He wants us to give those things to Him. This is something that we can do, in our control. We can conscientiously choose to give our worries to Him and pray about everything in our lives, in every possible thing that may occur. Worry is not an easy habit to break but by taking one day at a time, praying to God about the things we worry about, He can do wonders to calm the anxiety in us and replace it with peace and confidence in Him. We need to trust that God is bigger than our worry.
There are others practical ways that can help reduce the worry in our lives as well. These things can be simple yet effective tools such as: put your focus elsewhere by completing something on your to-do list, call a friend or read a good book, make a simple decision, get support from family and friends. There are many possibilities. Remember that you are not alone in your worry; many others can identify with you, but know that God is bigger than our worry and He can give us the peace that we need.
"Ain't no sense worry about things you got control over, 'cause if you got control over them, ain't no sense worrying. And there ain't no sense worrying about things you got no control over, 'cause if you got no control over them, ain't no sense worrying about them." Mickey Rivers, a former New York Yankees outfielder.